If you’ve read our last two blog posts, you know that we’ve been writing about the Ministry to Parents Road Map.
The road map outlines these 4 steps to building a ministry to parents at your church:
- Build a Parent Ministry Plan
- Encourage Parents
- Help Parents Lead
- Care for Your Soul
Each step along this journey will help you and your church multiply your ministry efforts by leveraging the powerful influence of parents.
GO HERE if you missed the blog post on STEP 1: BUILD A PARENT MINISTRY PLAN.
For today’s blog post, we’re going to focus on:
STEP 2: ENCOURAGE PARENTS
When you decided to step into your job, I imagine you were excited to work with the children or teenagers. But then, you quickly discovered early on. Those students have parents. And when those parents need encouragement, they come to you because you love working with students.
But…are there times as a minister where you don’t feel like a parenting expert? If so, me too. Parenting is hard, and I’m not sure anyone can claim to be an expert at it.
But I have some good news for you!
Parents don’t need us to be experts. They need us to be encouragers.
Now that’s a job any of us can do.
Every time you walk through the hallways of your church, you have the opportunity to interact with parents who are:
- Disappointed – their kid didn’t live up to their expectations and feel shame
- Discouraged – they feel hopeless about their kid’s situation or behavior
- Angry – their family just finished an intense fight in the car on the way to church
- Hurting – their kid faces a struggle or traumatic event that has the parent reeling
- Afraid – they feel fear over their kid daily
The bottom line is that the opportunity to encourage parents is so BIG we can’t ignore it anymore.
Ministry to Parents created a road map that lays out a simple yet powerful plan for ministering to the parents in your church. A significant part of that strategy is to intentionally and lavishly pour encouragement on the parents in your ministry.